Authentic Italian food checks off so many boxes. It’s the number one fare for a romantic night out, it’s perfect for a big family meal, and many foods considered “favorites” have Italian origins. The most important prerequisite for most people is that it tastes like an Italian grandmother cooked it.
Las Vegas has no shortage of authentic Italian kitchens. Here’s a list of the eight best in town.
Gourmet Northern Italian cuisine featuring outstanding homemade sauces is what’s on the menu at Gaetano’s. This Zagat rated restaurant has been voted “Best of Las Vegas” and “Best New Off Strip Restaurant.” The Linguini Vongole and Lasagna Bolognese are to-die-for. Ask your server about the risotto of the day. Whole wheat and gluten-free pasta choices are available upon request.
10271 S Eastern Avenue, Suite #111, Henderson
Joe Vicari’s Andiamo’s Italian Steakhouse is located inside The D Hotel in downtown Las Vegas. Irresistible Italian favorites include homemade bread, handmade pasta, and award-winning sauces. The wine list is quite extensive. The steaks are pretty spectacular, as well.
301 E Fremont Street
Piero’s is an off-the-Strip joint with a Rat Pack vibe. Family-owned and operated since 1982, it features fine Italian dining with a touch of old school Las Vegas. Specialties include Saltimbocca alla Romano, Sinatra’s Pollo Vesuvio, and Spaghetti Portofino. The Sunday Red Gravy with meatballs will have you trying to get a glimpse of Mama.
355 Convention Center Drive
Celebrating 30 years in Las Vegas, Chicago Joe’s is a favorite of locals and visitors alike. The restaurant offers big city service with small town flavor. The veal dishes at Chicago Joe’s are some of the best you will find anywhere. Save room for dessert – tiramisu, spumoni, and limoncello cake are baked fresh. A real jewel of a restaurant.
820 S 4th Street
Authentic Italian food is served amidst old-time Las Vegas memorabilia at Battista’s. Traditional Italian fare comes with minestrone soup or an Italian salad, garlic bread, a side of pasta, and homemade cappuccino. A complimentary glass of wine is served with dinner. A strolling accordion player adds to the experience.
4041 Linq Lane
The philosophy of Ferraro’s Italian Restaurant and Wine Bar is to eat, drink, and enjoy yourself. Homemade pasta, sausages, bread, and desserts reflect owners Gino and Rosalba Ferraro’s Southern Italian heritage. Memorable Italian dining is paired with a world-class, award-winning wine menu. Late night, or Mezzanotte (midnight), dining is available from 11 AM to 3 PM in the bar, lounge, or patio.
4480 Paradise Road
A great place for a romantic evening, Ventano’s offers a spectacular view of Las Vegas. The signature item, Ventano’s Shrimp on the Stone, was named one of the “75 Great Things to Eat in Las Vegas” by Las Vegas Life. This succulent dish features marinated shrimp served on a sizzling granite stone. If you’re not a fan of shrimp, try the lamb chops served the same way. Delizioso!
191 S Arroyo Grande Boulevard, Henderson
Rao’s is special. Opened in New York in 1896, the original location is recognized as one of the nation’s oldest family-owned and operated establishments. Located inside Caesar’s Palace, the Las Vegas version serves the same authentic Southern Italian cuisine customers adore. Staying true to Rao’s New York’s style, the atmosphere is homey and the food is exquisite.
3570 Las Vegas Boulevard S
When in Las Vegas, eat Italian. You don’t want to disappoint Mama.